Diamondbacks Will Listen To Offers For Trevor Bauer

The Diamondbacks are already involved in "active discussions" about Justin Upton, and now ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the team will also listen to trade offers for Trevor Bauer (Twitter links). The right-hander has fallen out of favor with some in the organization.

Bauer, 21, was the third overall pick in the 2011 draft. He made his MLB debut this season and surrendered 13 runs in 16 1/3 innings across four starts while also battling a groin problem. Bauer pitched to a 2.42 ERA in 130 1/3 innings split between Double-A and Triple-A this year as well. Between Upton and Bauer, GM Kevin Towers may be in possession of this offseason's two biggest trade chips.


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2 years 9 months ago

Am I the only one who thinks that Kevin Towers is crazy? Not in a bad way though. He just likes to do shocking things.

2 years 9 months ago

I think there is a certain mentality by some baseball people that you listen to every offer. No one is really off the table because someone could get really creative if they want one of your pieces bad enough.

Casey McMahon
2 years 9 months ago

Trade James Shields and Hellickson for Bauer , Chris Johnson and Upton!

We would fill holes in the OF , SP and 1B.

2 years 9 months ago

D’backs are trading pitchers because they have depth there. They need position players

Casey McMahon
2 years 9 months ago

Last I read during the trade rumors is they were hard after a No.1 Pitcher. Hellickson and Shields are No.1 pitchers and the Rays have 5 of them with a few more potential No.1 in the minors.

slasher016
2 years 9 months ago

If they had five #1 starters they would have made the playoffs.

J. C. Hahne
2 years 9 months ago

they still had a better record than the AL Chump Tigers

2 years 9 months ago

I love the Rays pitching (who wouldnt) but 5 #1 starters? Shields is a fringe #1 for me and Hellickson more of a #3. Jury still out on Matt Moore

David Jackson
2 years 9 months ago

This is more accurate Shields is more a #2 and would match up better against other teams num.#2’s Hellickson is a better num.#3

Shaun Newkirk
2 years 9 months ago

Price #1

Shields (MAYBE Moore) #2

Hellickson/Moore #3

Archer/Cobb/Torres/Colome #4/5

Trequartista
2 years 9 months ago

Rays had the AL’s best team ERA in history.
Price #True Ace along with Kershaw Verlander
Shields #1
Hellickson #2
Moore #3 with potential to become #1
Archer #Future #2 according to 2013 BA report
Cobb #3 with FIP 3.66

gson
2 years 9 months ago

Price is a No. 1, Shields was a No.1, Hellickson is neither…

vtadave
2 years 9 months ago

Who are the “few more potential No. 1’s”?

Mike Bender
2 years 9 months ago

They’re mostly after an innings eater at this point, and I don’t see Bauer and Upton BOTH going in trades without us getting something on the left side of the infield.

David Jackson
2 years 9 months ago

Dbacks are focusing on a top of the rotation pitcher/veteran inning eater. With and infielder on the left side of the infield as well this off season. Texas and Tampa Bay seem the teams interested in our surplus of outfielders and Starting pitching. This will be exciting. My likes are Chase Headley and James Shields, second tear choices would be Andrus and Profar, Texas

Joe McMahon
2 years 9 months ago

Hellickson is a 3 MAYBE. Probably a 4.

suhiscrazierthanyou
2 years 9 months ago

Hellickson most certainly is not a #1. You can’t just throw that tag around. There are very few actual aces, right now…

David Jackson
2 years 9 months ago

That is correct and they do have a lot of good better then average arms Shields and Hellickson for Upton sure.

Shaun Newkirk
2 years 9 months ago

Shields and Hellickson? If you are asking for Upton alone then okay. But you’re talking more like Price + Hellickson for Bauer + Upton. Getting a great pitcher and an average pitcher for a great outfielder and a #3 on the worst possible day pitcher who has the ceiling of an Ace.

HenryLear
2 years 9 months ago

I would say Hellickson is above average—probably a fringe 2 starter or solid 3. Upton has the POTENTIAL to be great, of course, but has yet to prove anything. He had an excellent season sandwiched in between too “meh” seasons (for his standards). I wouldn’t consider him a great player until he actually strings together a couple 2011-esque seasons.

Matt Talbert
2 years 9 months ago

Think Hellboy is a little overrated, but mid rotation starter not #2

HenryLear
2 years 9 months ago

I somewhat agree. I think that he has done a hell of a job the past 2.5 years. But, he’s gotten a bit lucky, and that more than likely won’t hold up. I’m torn on whether or not I want them to sell high now, or hope he exceeds expectations next year (once again), then sell even higher.

David Jackson
2 years 9 months ago

Johnson plays third da

lawrence267
2 years 9 months ago

Something built around Moustakas?

Shaun Newkirk
2 years 9 months ago

That could do it.

Moose + Colon + Reliever for Bauer. GMDM would probably ask for some throw in high risk high reward C level guy just to even things out a bit.

John LeClair
2 years 9 months ago

I smell a Justin Upton/ Trevor Bauer Blockbuster happening

dc21892
2 years 9 months ago

That would be crazy. Not something you see every day. Young, talented and somewhat cost controlled guys shipped out. AZ would have to fill multiple holes for that to happen.

Bob George
2 years 9 months ago

I smell Arizona being bad for a long time.

posada11
2 years 9 months ago

Proposed trade of Justin Upton and Trevor Bauer to Astros for Bud Norris, Jed Lowrie, Wesley Wright, Mike Foltynewicz, Nick Tropeano, and Paul Clemens. In this trade, Arizona fulfills all of their off-season goals: upgrade at SS, experienced SP, and LH reliever and pick up 3 pitching prospects who are solid 4/5 starters with upside. Dbacks also rid themselves of Upton’s contract which calls for $10M in 2013, $14M in 2014, $15M in 2015. The Astros pick up a young bonafide CF with speed and power coming off an average year in Upton and a top pitching prospect in Bauer who rates as a 2/3 starter.

mlbscout6
2 years 9 months ago

Just a warning. You are DEF gonna catch flak from Dbacks fans for this.

posada11
2 years 9 months ago

we can add Jimmy Parades too. DBacks have no future 2b once A Hill moves on. But I would like to get Matt Albers in return. So the blockbuster would be Upton, Bauer, Albers for Norris, Lowrie, W. Wright, Paredes, Mike Foltyneweicz(7th best prospect), Tropeano (11th best prospect), P Clemens (19th best prospect).

Snoochies8
2 years 9 months ago

So….it has to be something about his makeup, since this was just his first full professional season and he reached the bigs, which is remarkable. If it wasn’t for his quicker promotion to the bigs, he may have been the K leader in the minors over Straily.

It can’t be a production thing

Mike Bender
2 years 9 months ago

It’s makeup and attitude. He showed a lot of immaturity and stubbornness this past season. A little too cocky for a rook.

kevinhua
2 years 9 months ago

bauer for profar straight up

HenryLear
2 years 9 months ago

Not a chance. Profar on a different level.

kevinhua
2 years 9 months ago

andrus for bauer

HenryLear
2 years 9 months ago

That would be more likely I guess

kaywizz22
2 years 9 months ago

Honestly Profar + lesser prospect or two for Upton and Bauer might be a trade the Rangers would have to consider I think. THAT would be a blockbuster

HenryLear
2 years 9 months ago

I don’t know about “lesser” prospect but I see your point…..Perez, Buckel, someone along those lines.

Shaun Newkirk
2 years 9 months ago

That’s worth pursuing.

Timothy Tappin
2 years 9 months ago

No way Dbacks do that.

David Jackson
2 years 9 months ago

Bauer for Headley or Andrus

2 years 9 months ago

No way. Maybe Bauer and Bradley or Skaggs

jb226
2 years 9 months ago

Adding a potentially high-quality, cost-controlled arm is something the Cubs have to check in on but gosh, I have no idea if we would be willing to part with what it would take to acquire him. Do the teams match up for any kind of need-for-need prospect swaps?

soxfan0928
2 years 9 months ago

Red Sox are going to be ALL over this. This deal is almost too perfect for the Sox to pass. De La Rosa, Bradley, potentially Bogaerts, and likely Doubront would get it close

2 years 9 months ago

No. God no. Way too much. I’d rather keep Rubby, Bradley, and Boegarts.

Alz147
2 years 9 months ago

What are you talking about? Bogaerts alone is borderline, let alone 2 more top-prospects and a young and promising SP who just had a decent year with a huge K/9.
I was more thinking of someone like Middlebrooks. I doubt the D’backs would be interested in making a lateral SP-spec for SP-spec. But if they are, Barnes/Webster+ for Bauer is always a possibillity.

2 years 9 months ago

I don’t see the Red Sox trading Middlebrooks. Fans would turn on the organization if they trade the guy they traded Youkilis to accommodate.

J
2 years 9 months ago

borderline for whom? I certainly hope you mean Bauer and not Upton, because one prospect in the lower minors isn’t near enough for Justin Upton.

MaineSox
2 years 9 months ago

AA isn’t the lower minors, and a likely top 10 prospect who plays SS and has 30+ HR (and .285+ AVG and .350+ OBP) potential isn’t too far off from what it should take to get Upton.

J
2 years 9 months ago

Of course it is. You’re talking about a guy that one year ago was in MVP conversation and is in his mid 20s. You need a real package to get players like that.

And he spent most of the year in High A ball.

MaineSox
2 years 9 months ago

You’re also talking about a guy who wrapped two mediocre seasons around his great one, and a guy who they are trying to get rid of, and have tried to get rid of in the past.

Bogaerts alone doesn’t get it done, but Bogaerts and a couple guys outside of their top 5ish range would be more than reasonable.

Timothy Tappin
2 years 9 months ago

As much as am high on Bogaerts you are talking about a guy who hasnt even reach the big leagues. Upton has proven that at worst he is .280 20hr guy. Even if Bogaerts pans out, I dont think he will better that the career averages that Upton has so far. and btw Bogaerts is not a sure bet to stay at SS.

MaineSox
2 years 9 months ago

I don’t it understand when people bring up the whole “he hasn’t even reached the majors yet” thing. That always the case with prospects, and those trades happen all the time – in fact, that’s what most trades are, a major leaguer for non-major leaguers. And I know he’s not a lock to stay at SS, but he is currently a SS, and most are saying he has a legitimate chance to play SS in the majors at this point.

Upton’s career averages so far are .278/.357/.475 with 22 HRs per 150 games. That’s a reasonable projection for Bogaerts, his ceiling is considerably higher, and he would be doing it from SS if he sticks, or 3B if he doesn’t – either one would be considerably more valuable than getting it from RF.

Timothy Tappin
2 years 9 months ago

Ok, i’ll give you the prospect thing but for me it makes no sense to trade a young player like Upton who still has a very high ceiling and has also had 2very good years in his career so far for a guy like Bogaerts who might turn out to be the same type of hitter as Upton. Dbacks have more to lose than the Red Sox, as its always the case when you trade for prospects. Some pan out some don’t.

MaineSox
2 years 9 months ago

The same type of hitter at a more valuable position, who is way cheaper, and is under control for twice as long, and they’d be getting other useful pieces with him. You even said yourself that the risk the D’Back would hold is no different than any other time teams trade players for prospects and those trades happen all the time, and the D’Backs are obviously willing (even trying) to trade him anyway.

Alz147
2 years 9 months ago

Of course Bauer. Upton for Bogaerts wouldn’t happen straight-up, I’ll give you that, but there is no way Rubby, Bradley and Doubront would have to be included…for neither one.

Twins91
2 years 9 months ago

Span, Benson, Hendricks for Bauer!

ian
2 years 9 months ago

That wouldn’t come close to doing it. A package built around Sano, Span and another top prospect (Hicks/Arcia/Rosario?) might.

Twins91
2 years 9 months ago

Sano, Span and Rosario for Bauer and Goldschimtt

Sky14
2 years 9 months ago

That would be a horrible trade for the Twins.

David Jackson
2 years 9 months ago

Goldschmitt isn’t going anywhere believe me

bbxxj
2 years 9 months ago

I can see a Upton + for Andrus + framework deal with Texas and then they will turn around and move Bauer for another outfielder like maybe Choo.

HenryLear
2 years 9 months ago

Bauer for Choo straight up? I would think Arizona would want Cleveland to include in that Asdrubal at the very least.

Deftones17
2 years 9 months ago

Dbacks aren’t trading for another OF. They have too many to begin with.

HenryLear
2 years 9 months ago

I agree with you. I was just going with the hypothetical that they traded Upton

David Jackson
2 years 9 months ago

Right,this is why they are listening or contemplating using there biggest asset to get what they need.

bbxxj
2 years 9 months ago

Ok good point. Bauer for a the best position player that makes sense for them to replace Upton’s production.

slasher016
2 years 9 months ago

A high-ceiling pitching prospect that hasn’t yet produced are a dime a dozen. Bonafide major league shortstops are not. No way Cleveland trades Cabrera in a deal for Bauer.

MaineSox
2 years 9 months ago

21 year old pitchers with mid-2.00 ERAs in the high minors, and who made the majors in their first full pro season are not a dime a dozen. Maybe it takes a little more than Bauer to get Cabrera, but it’s not that far off.

Shaun Newkirk
2 years 9 months ago

How Bonafide is Cabrera? Not a very good defender. Hits for .270. Not a great baserunner. Had a decent power surge the past two years, but HR/FB% spike will do that to you. And he is a FA in 2 years. He’s a good middle of the road SS no doubt and has good value, but not in this trade.

I think the D-Backs would rather trade for Andrus than Cabrera.

Shaun Newkirk
2 years 9 months ago

Especially with Bauer’s CRAZY high upside potential. He has the makeup of a true Ace. He has comparisons to Lincecum.

Phil Smith
2 years 9 months ago

….and lincecum crashed and burned this year.

Shaun Newkirk
2 years 9 months ago

Yes…after winning 2 Cy Youngs. If you’re gonna tell me Bauer is going to win 2 Cy Youngs then sign me up now because I’ll take that kind of crash and burn.

Phil Smith
2 years 9 months ago

The Indians are listening on Cabrera, a two-time all star who is only 26 years old (thats a middle of the road SS I guess). The Rangers aren’t listening on Andrus.

Indians coveted Bauer in the draft but the Tribe will need more than Bauer to get a deal done. Bauer is still an undersized and unorthodox right hander with a bit of an attitude problem.

gson
2 years 9 months ago

After getting past the idea that a prospect, even one with a high upside arm isn’t the same as a major league all star (it may take Shaun a while to come & believe that conclusively, then you might expand this prospective trade a bit.. Most of the sane DBax fans would agree, an all star SS is a key element in competing in 2013. Asdrubal fits this profile times two. The DBax could go one of two ways..

-OF addition::Shin-soo Choo is an all star RF’er and could ease the loss of Chris Young and J-Up (who would be dealt in a separate trade, not part of this one) and be traded with Asdrubal for Bauer, Andrew Chafin, Matt Davidson and a serviceable replacement OF’er in a guy like Gerardo Parra. .

-RP addition; Vinnie Pestano, perhaps one of the best set up pitchers in the AL, young and under team control for four years is included in the same deal along with one of Jose Ramirez or Tony Wolters.

Comments? (and, indignation over high prospects for all star players won’t look good for you)

Shaun Newkirk
2 years 9 months ago

The Rangers are listening on Andrus. Just because John Heyman hasn’t tweeted it, or Olney hasn’t written an Insider article on it, doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen. Jon Daniels knows he has a stud SS ready to go soon in Profar. So if they promote Profar where do you put Andrus? 2B? Then Kinsler to the OF? Profar at 3B blocks Olt and also takes away Profar’s great glove at SS. Andrus is the most expendable in this scenario, even though he is awesome.

You’re gonna use All-Star as a credential and a positive? Cabrera isn’t as valuable as your making him out to be. He wasn’t touted at all when he was in the minors. Besides all the reasons I mentioned above, Cabrera is a FA in two years and is going to make $10,000,000 next year. Bauer isn’t going to make more than $2,000,000 for the next 3 years combined, and he may not even be arb eligible in 2015, so he’ll probably get no more than a small increase from $1,750,000 then hit arbitration.

Bauer for Cabrera sounds great for Cleveland, but not very good for Arizona.

David Jackson
2 years 9 months ago

I agree

HenryLear
2 years 9 months ago

I’m not saying that trade is likely/possible/whatever. But, considering Arizona’s immense need for a SS, you would have to think any trade involving Bauer would net them their “SS of the future.” Be it Asdrubal, Lindor, etc. That deal isn’t as far off base as you depicted it.

Deftones17
2 years 9 months ago

He’s fallen out of favor because they want him to change his warmup routine and he doesn’t want to. The team felt it was contributing to his fatigue during the season and his control issues.

Beersy
2 years 9 months ago

Man it’s too bad the Padres are in the same division as the DBacks, because they could really use a guy like Bauer and they have the prospects to make it work.

gson
2 years 9 months ago

Would you be willing to do a Bauer for Headley deal straight up?

James Attwood
2 years 9 months ago

DBacks would be foolish to bite on that.

David Jackson
2 years 9 months ago

Not a bad trade you ask me

Beersy
2 years 9 months ago

Personally no. Headley is somewhat of a proven commodity, whereas Bauer is strictly a projectable prospect.

David Jackson
2 years 9 months ago

I’m a die hard through and through snakes follower all the way down the minors. The snakes are considering moving Bauer cause our minor league pitching is deep. Skaggs, Corbin and Miley are great not to mention Hudson will be back in August. Take a look. Kennedy,Miley,Cahill,Corbin,Skaggs,then Hudson back later, Bauer for Headley hell YES, Upton for Shields and Hellickson why not. Or Upton to Texas for Andrus and Profar

James Attwood
2 years 9 months ago

It will be interesting to see how long Cahill remains. He’s already getting the big bucks and is the #4/5 starter going into next season. Once Hudson comes back, then what?
Also, with Kennedy getting deeper into arbitration and having Boras play hardball about an extension, don’t be surprised if the DBacks try to get back a haul for him in another year.

kaywizz22
2 years 9 months ago

Upton and Bauer for Mason/Sanchez/Austin/Phelps/Nunez/Nova. Had to do the first Yankee troll proposal

vtadave
2 years 9 months ago

I’ll go ahead and handle the Mets troll proposal: Upton / Bauer for Duda, Familia, Nieuwenhuis, and Havens.

Stoibs
2 years 9 months ago

Bauer will not be moved unless the Rangers offer Profar or Olt straight up. Towers is excellent at trading valuable commodities for nothing, so maybe I ma wrong.

AzSportsFan
2 years 9 months ago

Trevor Bauer for Mike Olt and then Upton, David holmberg to Cleveland for asdrubal Cabrera and Justin Masterson

Matt
2 years 9 months ago

As a dodgers fan, I really want Trevor Bauer to be a Dodger!

Mike Bender
2 years 9 months ago

For what though? We’re not about to take on any of the huge money commitments you guys took on. And your farm system doesn’t have nearly the depth we have. We need affordable “immediate impact” players, not more prospects (that LA lacks).

David Jackson
2 years 9 months ago

The Diamondbacks are not gonna work with there competition in the west

Timothy Tappin
2 years 9 months ago

Does Kevin Towers want to be the new Jerry Jones?? He wants to be in the publics eye all the time. Am guessing he wants to win a WS with players that he acquires or signs and say it was because of him or else why would you want to trade maybe your best 2 players??

Marvin Marshall
2 years 9 months ago

Two best players? I don’t hear Montero’s name being mentioned. He would be their best player. And Bauer is all potential at the moment with 3 young arms(Miley, Corbin, & Skaggs) that pitched well in 2012 ahead of him right now.

Timothy Tappin
2 years 9 months ago

Out of the 3names that you mentioned there, I could only see Skaggs possibly being better than Bauer.

mlbscout6
2 years 9 months ago

I think Goldschmidt is their best player. And I could definitely see Skaggs having a better career then Bauer.

Eric Foster
2 years 9 months ago

The Cubs really need a young ace.
Jed and Theo need to be proactive about this. Vogelbach, Lake, Jackson, Amaya and Vitters. Not enough, but Baez and Soler aren’t going anywhere. Worth a shot.

Timothy Tappin
2 years 9 months ago

Giants should be all over this. Would be great to see Bauer and Lincecum together in a rotation, both guys got similar mechanics.

Shane
2 years 9 months ago

Easier to hit DUR DUR DUR

John
2 years 9 months ago

I predict Bauer will go the same place Upton went, nowhere.

James Attwood
2 years 9 months ago

Of course Bauer is a potential trade atrget, KT is running the show. EVERYONE in the organization is available for the right price. The key is, the right price for the likes of Bauer or Upton is well above what most any team would be willing to pay. KT isn’t dumb though. If aa team wants to seriously overpay for a player, then it would be negligence on his part to not listen and entertain the idea.